The highly speculated Fiat Abarth 124 Spider has been confirmed, says a new report from Auto Express.
Speaking to the publication, FCA CEO (for EMEA) Alfredo Altavilla boasted, “You like performance? There will be an Abarth version”.
The standard 124 Spider will be sold under the Fiat brand and the high performance variant will be sold under the Abarth brand, the CEO confirmed.
The British publication also shares its understanding about the Abarth variant’s design with renderings. The high performance variant’s front-end sports a gaping mesh grille, large air vents, carbon fibre splitter and a hood scoop.
The side profile flaunts multi-spoke Abarth alloys, red brake calipers, fender vents, carbon fibre side skirts, side and ‘Fiat Abarth’-branded stripes. The rear-end features carbon fibre diffuser that houses two large exhaust pipes, and air vents to emit the hot air from the rear brakes.
The British publication speculates that the Abarth 124 Spider will sport a detuned version of the Alfa Romeo 4C’s 237-hp 1.75 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Well, why not let Alfa Romeo retain its exclusivity and Fiat use the 180-hp 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Abarth 595 Competizione? Nevertheless, that is a question for Fiat to answer.
The high performance variant shouldn’t be expected to debut along with the standard roadster. The standard 124 Spider is likely to be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March and possibly have an official online revealing before that, Olivier Francois, Head of Fiat brand and Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) indicated earlier this month.
[Source: Auto Express]